RANKY TANKY

Ranky Tanky will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Paramount Theatre, part of the Paramount Performing Arts Series. This band of native South Carolinians brings the soulful songs of the Gullah culture to Goldsboro with a mix of Low Country traditions and large doses of jazz, gospel, funk and R&B. Gullah comes from the West African language, which means a people blessed by God. The quintet performs music of the Gullah culture born in the southeastern Sea Island region of the United States from playful game songs. To ecstatic shouts from heartbreaking spirituals to delicate lullabies. Tickets are available at the Paramount box office, by calling 919-583-8432 or online at www.goldsboroparamount.com.

ARTIST DEVELOPMENT

Artist development event will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Arts Council of Wayne County. Artists of any genre may come and share their work with other artists for feedback and critique in a respectful environment, meet other artists and gain insight about your work. Free. Information: 919-736-3300.

FIRST FRIDAY

First Friday will take place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Arts Council of Wayne County. It wil be the opening of the exhibit for the 39th annual Juried Art show, which will be available for purchase. There will be refreshments. Free. Information: 919-736-3300.

PLAY DAY

Play day for ages infant through 5, with an adult, will be held from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Tuesday and Oct. 16 at Steele Memorial Library in Mount Olive for a morning of unstructured, creative play. Free. Information: 919-299-8105.

TEEN GAME NIGHT

Teen game night for ages 13 through 18 will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Steele Memorial Library in Mount Olive. Free. Information: 919-299-8105.

BUILDING A SMALL BUSINESS

Building a small business event will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday at the Steele Memorial Library in Mount Olive. Dale Fey with Wayne Community College small business center will give advice about how to start a small business. Free. For appointments, call 919-299-8105.

MEDICARE PROGRAM

Medicare program will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the Goldsboro Library. Participants can compare options and enroll in Medicare with the help of a local Medicare professional. Free. Information: 919-735-1824.

RAF EAGLE SQUADRON PROGRAM

Program on the RAF Eagle Squadrons and the 4th Fighter Group in World War II will take place at 7 p.m. Monday in Moffatt Auditorium at Wayne Community College, sponsored by the Foundation of Wayne Community College. It will be presented by Roy Heidicker. In 1940, England stood alone against the Third Reich of Nazi Germany. The Royal Air Force was short of pilots and even though the United States was not yet in the war, American volunteer pilots fought for England in three RAF Eagle Squadrons. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Eagle Squadrons became the 4th Fighter Group, which became the highest scoring American group in World War II. Heidicker is the historian for the 4th Fighter Wing, adjunct professor at Mount Olive University and president of the North Carolina Military History Round Table. Free. Information: 919-739-7022.

UMO INAUGURATION

UMO presidential inauguration will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in the George and Annie Dail Kornegay Arena at the University of Mount Olive. David L. Poole will become the university’s fifth president in a ceremony that will include dignitaries, music and a message from Poole. Free.

MUSEUM EXHIBIT

Special exhibit on “Homegrown: The Agricultural History and Traditions of Wayne County” will open at 10 a.m. Saturday and run through January at the Wayne County Museum. It will feature antique implements, history and photos from farms past and explore the traditions, foods and products of the harvest. Free. Information: 919-734-5023.

MASONIC MEETING

Wayne Masonic Lodge No. 112 AF and AM will hold a stated communication at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Masonic Temple, Norwood Avenue.

GOLDEN K KIWANIS

Goldsboro Golden K Kiwanis will meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the fellowship hall of Madison Avenue Baptist Church. Division 14 Lt. Gov. Mack McLeod will induct officers and directors. Army Brig. Gen. Arnold N. Gordon-Bray will be the speaker.

GRADY REUNION

The Lewis Henry and Nannie Waters Grady family reunion will be held at 12:30 p.m., Oct. 14, at the Oak Ridge Community Building. Bring a covered dish and beverage.

SUNRISE KIWANIS

Sunrise Kiwanis President Steve Mitchell will be the speaker for the club’s 7 a.m. Thursday meeting at B&G grill. Mitchell will talk about his plans for our club for the next year. Visitors are always welcome.

VETERANS EVENT

Wayne County Stand Down 2018 will host a veterans event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at the Goldsboro Event Center. There will be employment services, medical screenings, housing referrals, VA benefits, food, toiletries, barber services, clothing and legal services. Those attending must bring a valid ID or a DD Form 214. DMV personnel will be on hand to help veterans who need an ID. Bring your Social Security card and DD Form 214 and $13. Those who are homeless should bring a letter from the shelter verifying they are homeless. Information: 919-731-7950 or 919-394-2200.

WAYLIN AARP

The Waylin chapter of AARP will meet at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the Yummy Orient restaurant in Mount Olive. Frank Ferrell will be the speaker.